Property marking deters theft and makes selling of stolen goods harder.
There are a number of options for marking property:
- Hard etching
- Metal punching
- Chemical marking
- Property registration
- Microdot technology
- Microchip technology
A useful identification is to mark equipment with your driver’s licence number followed by the letters “WA” for your State. Alternatively, use your property’s stock brand.
- Maintain a complete list of all property and stock with descriptions of colour, serial numbers, unique markings and ID numbers.
- Photographs or videos make excellent supporting documents, and can be useful to describe an item or animal. Keep these in a secure location.
- Advertise that your property has been marked by attaching labels on machinery and buildings.
- If selling your equipment, notify the new owner that you have marked your equipment with an ID number and suggest they put their mark below yours.